Mayor Likely to Veto Parking Ticket Legislation

The City Council passed three pieces of legislation Wednesday that would ease parking regulations — but Mayor Michael Bloomberg has indicated he will veto at least one of them: a bill that says traffic agents can cancel a ticket if shown a Muni-Meter receipt that’s less than five minutes old.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called the bill "common sense" and said it aims to ameliorate a recurrent problem for many New Yorkers.

"Right now, there aren't any meters by your car right now," Quinn told WNYC. "So you gotta get out of your car. You gotta walk over to the Muni-Meter. Pay the Muni-Meter. Walk back to your car to put the receipt in the windshield. That takes time. And right now, in those two or three or four minutes you can get a ticket. That's unfair."

But the mayor's office doesn't see it that way.

"It increases the likelihood of on-street confrontations with Traffic Agents and creates a system that is ripe for abuse.” said Marc LaVorgna, a spokesperson for the mayor's office. He said the mayor intends to veto it.

A two-thirds majority is required to override a mayoral veto, which Quinn said she easily has.

The Council passed two other pieces of parking legislation Wednesday. One requires 30 days to elapse before late fees start accruing on parking violations.

The mayor's office said he'll support that legislation — but he's still reviewing another bill, which would end the practice of putting stickers on vehicles that have violated alternate side rules.

Both passed City Council unanimously.

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